Vise Feature: Best Parcel Forwarding Services for International Shoppers [UPDATE 3]
We all know about the restrictions of Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Apple Store and even Google Store. But there are thousands more out there just like these… they have shipping as well as payment restrictions. Some don’t want to accept our credit cards while others simply say we accept PayPal only!
We have already talked about how one can get a decent payment solution in our post of Virtual Debit Cards and we have also covered how to buy items from Google Play Store which is a completely different ball game altogether but here we will focus on getting the items forwarded to you from websites that dont allow shipping outside US or UK.
How Parcel Forwarding Services Really Work
These services simply give you a US address or in some cases EU and Japan address also when you sign up with them which is sometimes free (be sure to read the FAQ). All you need to do is ship your purchases to that address from the online store and once the forwarding service receives your items they will forward those parcels to your destination address. Bear in mind that there is shipping cost but you can always calculate it before hand and almost always track it.
And now for the list of parcel forwarding services.
Borderlinx gives you a free account. With them you either get 2 different shipping addresses which you can use while online shopping; one for UK and the other for US. Their main courier is DHL which as we all know is very reliable. Their parcel forwarding service also includes repackaging and consolidating multiple packages to save you money. They don’t cater to a lot of countries and to be specific they ship to only 60 countries, so be sure to check if your destination country is listed with their service or not. You can calculate the estimated cost, track your shipping, and check your items in the waiting list. They hold your parcels for 30 days free of charge but after that they apply a certain fee to extend it for another 30 days. For more information you can always check out the website, or its FAQ. They accept payments for parcel forwarding via PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Cash U for some countries. Borderlinx is also running a promo these days for a 25% off the regular shipping till 2000 users consume the code or till Feb 28th 2015. The promotion is also only for purchases completed via PayPal in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, KSA, Turkey and UAE. The promo code is PAYPALSHOP
Stackry is a free and highly recommended parcel forwarding service. The address Stackry provides is in New Hamshire, Nashua which is tax free. They also offer personal shopper services at 8% of the total price + $10 for each online store. They accepts payments via Skrill, PayPal, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, Amex and wire transfer. They ship everywhere and consolidate items as well. If you want they can provide you with pictures of your shipment with an extra cost but there is no cost if your items are kept in their stack for 45 days. Their customer support is prompt and being a user of their services I know they are very reliable. Stackry‘s preferred carriers are FedEx, DHL and USPS and they all provide tracking facility as well. All the text links provided here are personalised Stackry referrers which means you get a 10$ discount on the first shipment after you signup. If you want your snail mail delivered to their address, you will need to confirm first.
Okay read carefully because this is a limited time offer! With BoxHop we have embedded personalised referrers so you can get $15 off on your first shipment and also get 1 year free on platinum membership. I know TechVise is pretty awesome! So keep in mind – this is a limited time offer as mentioned before, BoxHop has been kind enough to give us this privileged for making our referrer code a way to get into platinum package. So what is BoxHop? Once again a parcel forwarding service that gives its users 1 free US mailing address, 30 day free storage, free consolidation and repackaging, free package protection of upto $100 declared value of shipment and 20% discount on shipping. Please note these are the perks for platinum users – once the offer expires, you will be getting much less. They ship packages via DHL, Aramex, Yamato, and SPSR Express. Do note, they ship to limited countries, to be exact, only 83. BoxHop currently accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB, as well as PayPal. In my experience, their customer rep is extremely slow. Not saying they are bad but if you have any urgent message/query then you have to give them a call because with me they took 3 days to give a reply and then another 3 days to reply to my reply. So replying is not their forte at all!
No signup fee here but make sure you check the program and pricing section because they have extra charges for everything. You get a US address for free which is not confirmed until your first shipment arrives and you get 15 days of free storage. They have an onboard shipping calculator and a duty calculator. Their preferred shipping services are FedEx, UPS and USPS (flat rate, Express mail and priority mail). They accept payments via PayPal, Square and Bank Transfer.
With Bongo International there is a charge for registration but in return you get five addresses; two US addresses, one in California another in Florida, two in EU; in Belgium and UK and 5th address in Peru, South America. They offer a Demo video for users to see so they wont need to ask question upon question. They provide personal and business plans which include tracking facility for free. They deliver to 222 countries worldwide and on top of that also provide online chat service as well if you have an urgent query. They take pictures of your items as they come in and this particular service is free. You dont have to request the images, this is something they do and upload in 4 hours after your package arrives at their warehouse. The Another thing which I found useful was the area where I tried to figure out what the transit time would be if I were to ship a Laptop from US to Pakistan, and it not only showed me that I could ship to that Asian country but also I got a list of items that were prohibited and restricted for international shipment. You can calculate shipping rates also. Sadly Bongo charges its users $5 for every box that comes in. Why? I dont know. They accept AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, Diners, Discover, JCB, BC Cards and Bitcoins. As for shipping methods – that’s a bit unclear but you can check the transit time. Bongo also accepts snail mail
With WannitUS parcel forwarding service you get a free tax free US mailing address in New Jersey with a no-hidden-fee agenda, every amount is mentioned upfront. Facilities of personal shopper, package forwarding and free 14-day consolidation is all available. Make sure you view the services fee section to get an idea of their upfront charges. There is a bit of conflict in the free storage facility because in their Terms of Services it states a 14 day free of cost storage whereas in the FAQ they claim to give 30 day free storage space. So if you decide to open an account with this service, make sure you have them spell it out in writing/email about the correct number of “free of cost storage space”. They accept online payments through PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Note that the address they provide can be used for USunlocked Card discussed in our post for virtual debit cards.
This parcel forwarding service gives you a tax free US address in Portland, Oregon and they don’t charge for storage till 90 days are up. There is no charge in consolidation or for repackaging. They offer 7 free photos a month for your parcels. They are only a parcel forwarding service and do not cater to snail mail forwarding. Currently they ship via USPS, DHL and FedEx and accept payments via PayPal, Webmoney and My E-wallet to pay shipping fee online. Just for your info, there are only two ways to charge the E-wallet, one is Western Union and the other is Wire Transfer. And you can use most credit cards through your PayPal account, including American Express, MasterCard, Discover and Visa. You can also withdraw the money back to your Paypal account or Webmoney account. These people also accept the arrival of snail mail.
Opas gives users two addresses; one in Osaka, Japan and another in Oregon, US for a cost of $25. You can check their plans for details. They also waive away $100 towards your first shipment if you switch from another service. They are always running promos so make sure you like their Facebook pages to get updated info on that. They currently accept all credit cards issued by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB. They also accept Paypal. You will need to contact them if you are interested in international money order or international wire transfer. There is a consolidation fee for some packages and a 30 day of free storage after that however there is a cost. Also note their service caters to USunlocked card which we have discussed in our virtual debit card post.
Shipville is once again free to signup and in return you get a tax free address in Portland, Oregon. Their homepage is very useful – before you signup, you can start calculating your shipping expenditure and estimated time of parcel arrival. They have 3 types of memberships; Gold, Platinum and Platinum Mail. All three are free to signup but the latter two have a monthly fee of $9/99 and $19.99 a month. As the name suggests, only the last membership type is allowed to receive snail mail. Shipville uses DHL, FedEx and USPS to forward parcels around the globe. They accept payments for these shipments via PayPal, MasterCard, VISA, Amex, Diners’, JCB, Discover and bitcoin. Shipville also supports the USUnlocked card which is discussed in another post. Shipville can keep your packages for 5 days with their free account but after that they charge $1/day. However, If you get more than $10 worth of fees they let you upgrade one time to their Platinum account which is only $9.99/month and allows for 30 days of free storage with $1/day after that time.
They give you a tax free physical address in Miami Florida. Their disclaimer is that they are the leading cross border shopping facilitators in Latin America. They also have a special marketplace where you can get access to exclusive coupon codes and private sales to help you find the best prices for your US purchases. PuntoMio does not charge at signup and they accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discovery and Diners Club for payments. I did however fail to figure out if they consolidate packages or not but from the looks of it they dont offer it and henceforth there is no question of how many days of free storage they offer. Please do check out this factor before signing up if consolidation is important to you. Please note Puntomio caters to Latin American residents only.
There are plenty of other parcel forwarding services out there which you can check out. I’ll mention them here anyway so you can go directly to their page, no fuss no muss. There is ShipNex | ParcelBound | MyUS | ShoppingUSA | ComGateway | vPost | ReShip | ShipiTo | Shopouch
Did I miss a service that you have used and are happy with? Mention the name below in comments and I’ll add it to this list list.
Last updated: Oct ’14
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